Vilas Mujumdar Independent Consulting EngineerVilas Mujumdar has been an independent consulting engineer since 2009. Previously he was CEO, President and Partner in many large engineering firms and at highest-level in the public sector; Chief of Operations, Division of State Architect, State of California; Director, Engineering Research Centers Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). His professional experience includes Design, Project Management, Teaching, and Research Management in Asia, Europe, Canada and the US. He is a recipient of many awards and recognitions nationally and internationally. Some awards are: NSF Director’s Award (2009); NSF Outstanding Service Award (2008); NEES Community Visionary award (2005); Special recognition from California Governor “for making a significant contribution to enhancing seismic safety in California”(1999). Won many international awards for Building Projects in the private industry, many projects published as feature articles in Engineering News Record. Vilas served on ASCE board of Direction and on the Board of Direction of many other Professional Societies. He represents all the US engineers to World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) based in Paris, and serves on its Executive Council. He is recognized internationally for his leadership and contribution to integrated trans-disciplinary work in reducing natural hazard risks, and is proactively involved in addressing resilience and sustainability issues facing the global society. He was Chief Engineering Editor for Natural Hazards Review (2009-2015), an ASCE multi-hazard, multidisciplinary journal. Dr. Mujumdar has authored two books, guidelines, numerous reports and manuals and over 75 technical papers and has given over 30 keynote lectures at international conferences. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.